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Announcements at Google Next 17 and price cut on IaaS

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So the last couple of days I’ve been watching closely on the keynotes at #GoogleNext, where Google was showing alot of the new enhancements to their platform. So a couple of weeks back they also introduced a new relational database service which is geo syncronous as well called Spanner

Now up until now Google has been one of the cheapest providers when it comes to regular IaaS, but now they have also announced commited use discount as well which will cut the IaaS cost even more. Let me give you an example.

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SwiftStack 5 Enhances Data Management to Accelerate Adoption of Hybrid Cloud Workflows

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SwiftStack, a company that powers hybrid cloud storage for enterprises, today announced availability of its latest software release, SwiftStack 5, which will be demonstrated at the Google Cloud Next Conference 2017, March 8 through March 10 in San Francisco, at booth #A4. One notable enhancement to its Cloud Sync feature is the ability to replicate data bidirectionally between the four Google Cloud Storage offerings, as well as other cloud provider's solutions. Two-way synchronization of data stored between on-premises and the public cloud is managed as a policy controlled by IT, so data is automatically delivered to where it can best be computed on or utilized, within private data centers or in the public cloud.

"We believe that enterprises now and  for the foreseeable future will live in a hybrid cloud world, where business value should determine where data lives, when it moves and how it behaves," said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "IT creates and controls the policies for corporate data that places data on-premises and/or in the public cloud, based on the criteria that keeps their customers happy: cost, performance, security, access and availability." More about Duplessie's view on multi-cloud data management can be found in this short video:http://learn.swiftstack.com/2017-esg-multi-cloud-data-management.html.

 

Infrascale Works with Google Cloud Platform to Deliver Faster Failover

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Infrascale, a leading provider of cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions, today announced it is now a Google Cloud Platform Technology Partner, providing a fully-managed cloud backup and disaster recovery service that provides guaranteed 15-minute failover of critical business applications in the event of a ransomware attack, server crash or site-wide disaster.

The collaboration between Infrascale and Google Cloud Platform enables organizations to better protect their data, uptime, and operational resiliency with a pay-as-you-go model, eliminating the upfront investment for organizations to procure and maintain secondary site infrastructure.

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Red Hat Launches OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform. The new offering brings Red Hat’s award-winning container platform as a managed service offering to enterprise customers who want to build, launch, and manage applications on OpenShift Dedicated with Google Cloud Platform as their underlying cloud infrastructure. With the availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform, users can speed adoption of containers, Kubernetes, and cloud-native application patterns, benefiting from Red Hat’s deep enterprise experience. Users also benefit from Google’s global, container-optimized infrastructure and can more easily augment their applications with Google’s ecosystem of data analytics, machine learning, compute, network, and storage services. 

Cohesity Offers New Google Coldline Service for Low-Cost, Long-Term Cloud Storage for Enterprises

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Cohesity, the pioneer of hyperconverged secondary storage, today announced it will provide enterprises with Coldine, Google Cloud Platform's newest storage class of service for highly cost-effective data archival and recovery. Google Cloud Storage Coldline, which offers the lowest monthly cost to store data on Google's cloud infrastructure, can be easily registered and assigned via Cohesity's policy-based administration to any data protection workload running on Cohesity DataPlatform.

The new support for the Coldline storage class further expands the choice of cloud storage offerings that Cohesity customers can use for a hybrid cloud data protection strategy. Cohesity's vendor-agnostic hyperconverged secondary storage platform seamlessly connects with Google Cloud Storage Coldline to provide a cost-effective approach to long-term data retention and disaster recovery. The additional cloud service integration for Cohesity DataPlatform will drive greater opportunities for both Cohesity and Google to help companies overcome secondary storage challenges.

Google's Preemptible Cloud VMs Just Got Cheaper

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This week, Google announced that it is lowering prices on its preemptible virtual machines (VMs) to help businesses gain even more affordable options within the Google Compute Engine.  Although the market rate for using Google Compute Engine is by many measures already a fair price, it still may not be practical for some smaller organizations. 

Companies looking to gain entry into the Google Compute Engine but who don't have the budget or don't need the full power of Google’s cloud infrastructure now have a better choice.  They can go with Google's preemptible VMs, a much cheaper alternative to Google's typical cloud platform.  And now, they can do so even cheaper.  Thirty-three percent cheaper to be exact!

Preemptible VMs are like any other Google Compute Engine VM, with two big caveats: They cannot run for more than 24 hours and Google can preemptively shut down the VMs if they need the capacity for other purposes. 

Eight VFX Produces High-End Visual Effects for Commercials With Avere Systems and Google Cloud Platform

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Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, announced today that Eight VFX, a visual effects studio known for its outstanding work in commercials, feature films and music videos, uses Avere's Virtual FXT Edge filers to speed up production times, remove rendering limitations and enhance its storage infrastructure.

Eight VFX, known in the industry for delivering high-end visual effects on tight timelines, was experiencing challenges when delivering on-demand render power to customer projects for BMW, Chevrolet, HP, Mars, Nike, Puma and Samsung. The studio initially turned to rental nodes to manage its fast-changing production pipeline and dynamic digital assets, however this process proved to be time and equipment intensive. Due to these issues, the studio explored a number of cloud-based rendering solutions with burst-compute capability, and found that Avere Systems was the only solution that did not require complex scripting or data management.

Apcera To Integrate Kubernetes Into Its Trusted Cloud Platform

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Apcera, the leader in trusted cloud computing, announced today that it will extend its platform to support Kubernetes, the Google-initiated, open source project, which recently moved under the direction of the CNCF. The move to adopt Kubernetes reflects Apcera's continued support of innovative, open source efforts for commonly used components in hybrid cloud management and trusted cloud computing.

Kubernetes is an open source container orchestration technology that facilitates the management of containers as a single system.

"Apcera, the world's leading trust-first platform, allows customers to securely move to any cloud, and deploy, orchestrate and govern the widest range of workloads on any infrastructure - including on-premises," said Derek Collison, Apcera founder and CEO. "Customers and developers are rapidly aligning behind Kubernetes as their API of choice when deploying container-based workloads. With its fast-growing ecosystem and strong market momentum, this was the obvious direction for us to take."  

Veritas Launches Information Management Solutions for Google Cloud Platform

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Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, today announced support for Google Cloud Platform with its market leading NetBackup 7.7 and Backup Exec 15 solutions. Organizations can use the Google public cloud as a backup destination, run back up and perform disaster recovery to or from the Google Cloud Platform. With this support, Veritas is delivering needed visibility and control for hybrid cloud environments.

“Our Hybrid Cloud research shows that 31 percent of organizations are already looking to the cloud for their backup and recovery workload, and that percentage will grow even more in the future,” stated Ben Gibson, Veritas CMO. “Integrating our market leading NetBackup and Backup Exec solutions with Google Cloud Platform gives organizations the ability to confidently and securely do this today.”

Agosto Expands Google Cloud Products Offering in Government Sector

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Agosto Inc., a Google Tier 1 Premier Partner and cloud product development firm, announced that it can now provide cloud computing and storage with Google for Work and Google App Engine accounts to all U.S. federal agencies. The announcement comes on the heels of Google's recent Authorization to Operate from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). With FedRAMP authorization, all government agencies can use Google's cloud tools and securely store unlimited content on Google's cloud platform.